Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and pension
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Lok Nayak bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, the 30th November, 2011
Sub: Interpretation of dependency criterion for grant of two family pensions under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 – regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.45/86/97-P&PW(A) – Part I, dated 27th October, 1997 and O.M. No.45/51/97-P&PW(E), dated 5th March, 1998 regarding eligibility of dependent parents, sons and daughters for receipt of family pension and the income/dependency criterion prescribed for that Attention is also invited to O.M. No.38/37/08-P&PW(A), dated 2nd September, 2008 whereby the dependency criterion has been revised.
2. This Department has been receiving communications from various quarters seeking clarification whether in the wake of the Office Memoranda referred to above, second family pension is admissible to a family pensioner who is already in receipt of an amount of family pension which is equal to or more than the dependency criterion.
3. It is hereby clarified that family pension admissible to a beneficiary in respect of one deceased employee/pensioner is not to be counted as income for the purpose of determination of eligibility for another family pension, which is admissible in connection with another deceased employee/pensioner. However, any other income/earning of the beneficiary under consideration will be counted towards income for deciding eligibility for family pension.
4. It is further clarified that the sum of amount of family pensions admissible to a family pensioner as indicated above shall be regulated as per Rule 54 (11) (a) of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 as amended time to time.
5. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide their I.D. No.383/E.V/2011, dated 22nd November, 2011.